Gouesnou is a town in the region of Finistere, Brittany, France.
The name ‘Gouesnou’ has originated from that of Saint Gouesnou. The Parish of Gouesnou, which boasts an impressive Monastery which sits prominently in the centre of the town. In addition to the monastery the town holds very famous town fairs which are considered to be the most important in Brittany.
With nearly 13,000 inhabitants the population of Gouesnou has doubled in the past 50 years. It supports a rich community atmosphere supporting a range of social, cultural and sporting events.
In 1988, Brecon entered into a twinning association with Gouesnou.
The aim of this association is to promote strong social, cultural, artistic and sporting links with our twin town of Gouesnou in Brittany, France. We encourage individual, family and group visits, staying with host families as this makes for greater understanding of another country's way of life and is open to anyone who wishes to experience this type of exchange. Each year there is one large group visit and one smaller visit.
At the end of May, more than forty people from the association visited Gouesnou during their "Welsh" week and took part in activities such as:
- visits to a local heritage museum
- Breton and Welsh folk dancing
- a heritage film show
- chess competition
- a lecture on the common origins of the Breton and Welsh languages
- even a duck race!
- the work of artists and craft people and local school children also helped to provide an interesting and informative exhibition.
In August thirteen adults travelled to Wales from Gouesnou for one week. The group spent five days walking in Snowdonia with twelve people from Brecon and the surrounding area. Not all the walks were as strenuous as Snowdon and people were able to walk as often as they wanted. There was a lively farewell supper to which over sixty members of the association attended.
Mrs Margaret Edwards (Secretary)
Twinning Association Website